Hobie Serval


Hobie was formerly a privately owned pet who became too much for his owners to handle. Hobie had to have several surgeries before he was rescued because he continued to chew on and eat things that he should not have, like shoes and socks. He enjoys catching snakes that slither into his enclosure and mice that try to scamper by. Hobie is comfortable in his quiet enclosure next to Max Tiger away from the tour path, but he enjoys regular visits from staff and volunteers.

Born November 5, 2005
Rescued July 15, 2008

How Hobie Came to the Sanctuary

Hobie was once a privately owned pet in Asheboro, North Carolina, where he was kept in a 8x8 dog crate. His former owners found that once Hobie started to mature he became very aggressive toward the owner's husband. Hobie also had a bad habit of ingesting household objects, such as socks, that would require surgery to remove. When his family decided they could no longer care for him, they contacted Carolina Tiger Rescue. Hobie now enjoys his large outdoor enclosure where he is free to be a serval.


Hobie has a bad habit of trying to eat inedible objects. Keepers have had to remove items from his enclosure more than once when Hobie decided to try to eat something that he shouldn't. Hobie enjoys his peaceful enclosure off the tour path, though he does love to come up and greet his adoptive parent, volunteers, staff, and keepers when they stop to visit.


Hobie is the typical size for a male serval, weighing around 30 pounds. Hobie has the distinctive yellowish, spotted coat that makes some guests think they are seeing cheetahs.

Where in Sanctuary

Hobie is located in Mimosa Point near Max Tiger. He is off the tour path due to his aggressive behavior towards larger groups.

Pet Trade

North Carolina is one of four states were it is still legal to own a non-native species.  In other words, it is legal in North Carolina to own a lion, tiger, or other wild cat. Hobie's story is a direct result of this lack of legislation. Due to how easily animals such as Hobie can be acquired, people are obtaining them as pets and then realizing, sometimes at the expense of a human life, or the animal's life, that this isn't a good idea. Animals such as Hobie deserve to be respected as the wild animals they are.  

Leptailurus serval 

About Carolina Tiger Rescue

Carolina Tiger Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

Carolina Tiger Rescue

1940 Hanks Chapel Rd. Pittsboro, NC 27312 (919) 542-4684 (919) 542-4454 info@carolinatigerrescue.org

Wildlife should be in the Wild



  • We believe the ideal home for wildlife is in the wild.
  • We believe it is critical to conserve their native habitats.
  • We believe wild animals should not be kept as pets.
  • We believe captive breeding should ONLY be done in accordance with Species Survival plans.
  • We believe all wild animals, both captive and in their native habitats, deserve to be treated with respect and not exploited for entertainment and commercial purposes.

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Coming out for a tour is a great way to learn more about the animals that call Carolina Tiger Recue home. We offer many different types of tours.  Public tours are great for adults and families. Twilight tours are for adults only (18 years of age and older). Tiger Tales are a perfect option if you want to bring out really young children. Find the tour that is right for you and enjoy a walk through the sanctuary.

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Education is key to our mission.  We enjoy teaching "kids" of all ages!  Our field trips, both virtual and onsite, are ideal for groups of kids.  Our "Kid for a Day" Adult Camp provides a unique learning opportunity while allowing adults to channel their inner child.  While all of these opportunities are structured differently, in the end we want everyone to walk away knowing more about the animals we care for and what they can do to help protect them.

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There are so many ways to be a part of Carolina  Tiger Rescue.  Individual volunteers are able to help in many aspects of our work, including animal care, tour guides, construction, and gift shop assistance.  Work groups come from community groups, colleges, work places, and more!  It’s a great way to spend a day and it helps care for the cats.